On Tuesday, South Carolina Republicans will select their nominee for the general election to replace now-Sen. Tim Scott as the representative from the state’s 1st Congressional District. The prospect of Mark Sanford’s victory has sent a tremor through the GOP, as many activists fear he’ll lose the general election to Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and, in the process, make a mockery of being the “family values” party. But little-known Curtis Bostic, a Christian conservative, is doing all he can to stop the Sanford express.

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Over the past week he collected endorsements from James Dobson, Rick Santorum, and Concerned Women for America. On Thursday Bostic went after Sanford, saying, “Trust is a central issue” in the race, a direct slap at Sanford’s “walk on the Appalachian trail” scandal. Bostic articulated the fear that many South Carolina conservatives are feeling: “The fact is, right now, in his words, he’s a wounded warrior. I wasn’t stating anything other than an obvious fact – that Democrats are salivating. They think they can win this seat. They, unlike me, will use anything to win it.”

Running a feisty underdog campaign and rallying social conservatives to stand up for real family values (like monogamy), Bostic has shown pluck and principle. He might just pull off an upset and save the seat for the GOP. Well done, Mr. Bostic!